KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say that charges are unlikely following a fight outside of a Brookside bar that left the son of Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James beaten and bloodied.
According to sources, Kyle James was allegedly drunk, belligerent and using gang signs around 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning near the Brooksider Bar. Witnesses say that James picked a fight with a man who was a self-described martial arts expert, who then took off his shirt and stood face-to-face with James before kicking him several times in the face and head.
When police arrived on the scene, they found James beaten and bloody but refusing to press charges. Sources told FOX 4 that James was uncooperative and kept trying to make gang signs with hands, and claimed to run with a high-profile, violent Kansas City gang.
Police then gave James a “courtesy ride” to his girlfriend’s house near the UMKC campus. Police say that they didn’t give James special treatment, but officers can use their discretion in such cases.
Authorities say that officers were unable to verify that a crime had taken place, so they completed a “miscellaneous report” documenting that something happened in case the information is needed at a later date.
Kyle James has a history of trouble, including a high-profile fight in the Power and Light District last year. In addition, he allegedly punched a woman in a Midtown bar and recently witnessed a fatal shooting involving a friend of his near Westport.
Kyle James did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesperson for Mayor Sly James has not yet responded to FOX 4’s requests for comment.